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Pop + Opera Give Birth to a One-Woman, Interactive Show

Little Train Creative
presents
POPERA: SEX, DEATH & POLITICS
The Butterfly Club
July 10 – 13 2024

Touring Australian Production Returns To Melbourne Before Heading To London For Camden Fringe Festival

“This show is a must see” Stage Whispers, Australia, May 2024
“Funny! Absurd! Lots of nonsense and naughty humour.” Hollywood Fringe Participant 2024, June 2024

Entertainment Publicist turned writer, producer and director turned cabaret songwriter Bronny Lane has teamed up with Australia’s favourite Crohn’s and allergy cabaret girl Uma Dobia to give birth to a brand-new show! Introducing Popera: Sex, Death & Politics, where the past and present collide in a concoction of cross-genre storytelling, comedy and original music highlighting the plight of the diva of today and yesteryear. Hot on the heels of performances at Hollywood Fringe Festival, Popera will quickly stop back in Melbourne at The Butterfly Club before heading to Camden Fringe Festival in London in August.

“Uma Dobia is a raunchy hot she-devil pouncing around the stage in her red lurex leotard and sparkly silver boots ready to ‘get physical’ and woo her audience.” Stage Whispers, Australia, May 2024

Inspired by a love of singing pop songs in an operatic style (for giggles) Bronny Lane and Uma Dobia decided a collaboration was in order. Particularly given the state of gendered violence in today’s climate and their shared musical pedigree as alumni of the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University. For all the fun to be had, Popera: Sex, Death & Politics reveals a deeper thematic material that shows not much has changed since Dido in Les Troyens stabbed herself with a sword in an obvious symbol of male penetration. Fast forward to 2024 and things off stage in pop don’t seem much better. There’s R. Kelly, the famous Taylor Swift court case and of course Britney. Meanwhile, operatic divas are committing suicide, suffering abuse, infidelity and more. And then there is the ageism suffered by divas across the board! Classic operas prove that the issues of yesteryear are still very much relevant today. Quite frankly, women are sick of being put in a box, of any kind!

This game show style piece features live comedy performance, original songs, and video with quiz show Q&A and audience interaction. Questions abound such as, why did Trevor leave? Will he ever come back? What’s ‘cockrockera’? Who will win the air fryer? And, why is our diva having a meltdown? Audiences will be encouraged to use their mobile phones #poperaisintown while others will be dragged on stage and might or might not win the box wine. Audiences will spin the wheel, shake their maracas and ding their dong as Popera delivers the most iconic moments of opera coupled with pop!

“People sit through nearly two hours, or more of opera just to get to that one bit of that one Aria that they absolutely love,” said Bronny Lane, Director and CEO of Little Train Creative. “We figured why not give them just the bit they love wrapped up in a fun piece of pop. We have created a show that we are really proud of and reflects our experiences across the industry as a whole both on and off the stage.”

The show premiered in Australia before heading to Hollywood Fringe Festival for its worldwide debut. The show returns to Australia for four performances at The Butterfly Club and will then tour to Camden Fringe Festival with performances in August. Bronny Lane, who also attended UCLA, is best known for her work as an entertainment publicist across comedy, theatre, music, film and television. Uma Dobia, is fresh off a hit, sold-out show titled “Intolerant” which played the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy, San Diego Fringe and Hollywood Fringe Festivals.

For this production, the pair worked with Simon Reich to arrange and produce original songs written by the duo including “Popera Mash-up” and “Sex, Death & Politics,” frenetic pop come rap songs coupled with opera as well as a touching ballad titled “Opera Did The Girls Dirty” with lyrics like Puccini gave us the butterfly and Beethoven pulled off her wings. Local pianist Alex Byrne will provide keys on the night with surprise guest appearances from Ben Sorensen as the Narrator and upcoming talent Lloyd Lohse as Trevor the Assistant.

If you love your cabaret dirty with an intellectual twist thrown in then Popera: Sex, Death & Politics is a cabaret show not to be missed. Tickets start from $39 and are available to purchase now.

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        
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